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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions, and the latest edition was with Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. She’s a walking encyclopedia of facts about Congressional races and knows a lot about sports, too.

 

Follow her: @l_whittington

Since it was on Twitter, of course, her answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.

 

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Welcome to 10th Twitter Q&A w/ Politics Editor Lauren Whittington @. She's been here 12 yrs in June, politics is her fave thing

 

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Thanks for all your questions, let's get started!

 

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Q1! MT @: How many seats will Tea Party "purity tests" hand Democrats?? Only Utah is immune

 

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.@ In lot of states it's too early w/ primaries still forming - Maine & Indiana possible/but now Dems have no cand. @

 

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Q2! RT @: @ Softball,.... will there be a government shutdown?

 

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.@ If placing bets today, I'd put say chances 50/50 but there's week to go. As it gets more real, pressure increases. @

 

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Q3! MT @: @ with all the proposed cuts, is anyone asking for any increases in domestic spending?

 

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.@ Lawmakers always want more $ for own pet projects but looks unlikely any major new spending would pass @

 

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Q4! RT @: Ask @ Q+A: How much will McCaskill's plane probs hurt her re-elect?

 

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.@ A lot. It's what she's going to have to talk about 4 long while. Better it came out now, not March '12 @

 

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Q5! RT @: @ - for Politics Q&A - what 2012 House race would you most want to cover on-the-ground and why?

 

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.@ Too early to say b/c redistricting, any Member v. Member races (see Iowa) but Allen West likely to be top race. @

 

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.@ Still one of my fave races was '02 Holden v. Gekas in Pennsylvania. Really showed generational gap. @

 

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Q6! RT @: @ You think the Tea Party will have as much pull in the 2012 election cycle as 2010?

 

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.@ Yes, in some places. Influence somewhat overstated. Interesting to see how it evolves now as TP more established @

 

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.@ What will really be interesting is how they influence presidential primary. @

 

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Q7! RT @: @ What is the chance Paul Ryan will run for president?

 

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.@ To dismay of @, not happening in '12. Certainly in the mix down the road & more likely Senate 1st @

 

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Q8! RT @ Why does Roll Call run so many photos of Kristi Noem?

 

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.@ We should have more of @ Rep. Billy Long (ed. note ) @
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